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December 30, 2009

Oh man. This one is just TOO good.

Old Media Whines That Palin is Mean to Them
Article: Publis Forum

-By Warner Todd Huston
Get the pity party violin music warmed up because Ezra Klein and Dave Weigel are whining that Sarah Palin has forced them, the press, into a “submissive role” because she is so mean to them.

Klein favorably cites the analysis of Weigel who whined that the “Palin problem” has “put the press in a submissive position.”

The problem is that Palin has put the political press in a submissive position, one in which the only information it prints about her comes from prepared statements or from Q&As with friendly interviewers. This isn’t something most politicians get away with, or would be allowed to get away with. But Palin has leveraged her celebrity — her ability to get ratings, the ardor of her fans and the bitterness of her critics — to win a truly unique relationship with the press. She is allowed to shape the public debate without actually engaging in it.

Oh, boo hoo. Now we have to feel sorry for the press over the feeling that mean ‘ol Sarah Palin has been successful in leading them by the nose?

Of course, this ignores all the hate that the press has spread about Palin, it ignores all the fake “news” they, themselves have spread, stories filled with lies, half-truths and insults posing as news. It ignores the many Trig-isn’t-hers stories the press spread, the false story of Palin’s book banning, and…. well, I can name a hundred fake stories that the press has spread about Palin. And they have ALL been stories that Palin was in no way controlling or trying to herself spread.

So, right off the top, Klein by way of Weigel is lying by only focusing on her late public persona and not focusing on their culpability for spreading lies for months before she finally had enough of it and began to more carefully control her public utterances.

However, Klein’s whining about Palin aside, he does have a good point about the failure of the press to place the news in the greater context of the reality of the world even as he papers over the fact that newspapers are, indeed, working hard to pass lies as news.

For one thing, newspapers work very hard to report things that are true, but they are less concerned with whether the overall impression from their reporting is a true impression. Shark attacks, for instance, happen very rarely. But if you report excitedly on every shark attack that happens, people will think they happen quite a bit.

Klein is wrong that the newspapers “work very hard to report things that are true.” The fact is most newspapers work very hard to spin the truth to a left-wing perspective in order to further extremist, left-wing ideas. However, Klein is right that newspapers fail to report the greater context of the facts. They do it on purpose, though, in order for the spin to work better.

For instance, the “news” has been floating the idea that the recent unemployment numbers did not grow and newspapers have marked that as an “unexpected drop” in unemployment as if it’s all good news. However, few papers have bothered to mention that this has been a tiny drop in rates during a steady years-long rise in unemployment. The impression is that good news was had, but the facts prove otherwise. Context is ignored in order to make Obama seem a success.

Anyway, it is amusing to see the Old Media crying that Palin is messing with them like this. An unexpected Christmas present if there ever was one.

Well said and it was worth the repost. 🙂

12 Comments leave one →
  1. sarahbaram permalink
    December 30, 2009 11:48 pm

    Journalism all together has gone to hell. It is incredibly biased, no matter what media outlet you go to. I rarely use big newspapers. I’ve found the BBC and NPR are generally very good.
    It is amusing people think Sarah Palin is mean and forcing them to print only good things about her, if that is what she is doing anyway. It just shows she has more power than the, and good for her for that.
    All politics aside, I think Palin’s media situation with Levi is amusing. He has claimed the same thing, that she is mean and will prevent him from gaining custody of his son.

    • December 31, 2009 12:02 am

      2k9 has destroyed any amount of faith I’ve had in well… most major journalists. There’s no denying it has been incredibly biased over the past several years.

      After the hell that the media put Palin through; I don’t really blame her. Hell, if the jolie-pitts can do it, why not Palin? What really gets me about the reporting on Palin is that they wasted NO time attacking her family. From her new baby, Trig, to her daughter Bristol getting pregnant at a young age. Kids can’t be controlled all the time – hell, ask MY parents. I was a rotten kid. But, I grew out of it. But really, the media needs to back OFF of the families of whoever it is they’re attacking at the time.

      Levi Johnston is just a shit. I swear. He’s trying to get as much money off of his relationship and the child he had with Bristol, and he’s just… I mean, in the world of politics… Who IS he? Nobody. He’s turned into a media man-whore.

      He’s not a good guy. I feel bad for the both of them sometimes, because yes, they were young, and yes, I’m sure at one time they were in love. He even has(had?) Bristol’s name tattooed around his wedding band finger. I’m sure Bristol thought they’d get married. But relationships don’t always work out. If he had not been dating Bristol – nobody would know who this clown was. He’s also a less than… decent parent.

      It’s a conservative site, and a pro-Palin site, but Bristol seems to be acting much more mature and seems to have the best interest of Tripp as her top priority. It’s a shame that Levi wants to make this public. Nobody has any reason to pry into the personal life of Bristol, Levi, and especially Tripp. It’s just a sad situation all around.

      • sarahbaram permalink
        December 31, 2009 12:11 am

        I have a LOT of respect for Bristol. I look up to her for everything she’s been through and how she has handled it. It is very admirable that she went through with having the child and now speaks to teenagers about the risks of teen pregnancy. She should receive full custody, she clearly knows what would be in her child’s best interest. Levi just wants a longer time in the spot light… Whether it be naked or with Sarah Palin’s grandson.

  2. Cuss permalink
    January 2, 2010 2:07 am

    Duck the lame stream media! They’ve made themselves irrelivant.

    • January 2, 2010 3:00 am

      They sure have. I’m sure they’re aware of it.

      Anyone who is hip to what’s going on around them, and anyone who knows the facts has taken it upon themselves to learn. It’s not like it used to be – when you could just sit in front of the TV and watch the news for a few… get an idea of what’s going on in the world from an unbiased source.

      Those days are long gone.

  3. Cuss permalink
    January 2, 2010 3:32 am

    Premature sendulation, the word is fuck, not duck!

    • January 2, 2010 4:25 am

      Strangely enough… I originally read your comment as “Fuck the lame stream media!”

      o_o Shows where my mind is, I guess.

  4. Cuss permalink
    January 2, 2010 3:27 pm

    Are you saying I’m predictable? LOL!!!

    • January 2, 2010 3:42 pm

      Haha. Either that or I’m a super genius.

      Or I always just assume everything is a swear. 😉

  5. January 3, 2010 12:42 am

    I vote that you are a super genius…and that Cuss IS NOT predictable.

  6. Cuss permalink
    January 3, 2010 5:09 am

    I think I resemble that statement!!!
    Sorry I’m in Nd out here. We got a wii and it’s kicking my ass!!

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